Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Over the Counter #264

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner. This week it's travelling....with a story....

First up is Journeys Home: Inspiring Stories, Plus Tips and Strategies to Find Your Family History featuring Andrew McCarthy.

From the publisher, National Geographic Books:

"Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy recounts his own quest to uncover his family's history along with 25 other individuals' stories from Sicily to Argentina to Taiwan to Russia and beyond. Each story offers a personal take on journeying home, including actively searching for previously unknown roots, meeting up with old family, and perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for one's origin. Sidebars and a hefty resource section provide tips and recommendations on how to go about your own research, and a foreword by the Genographic Project's Spencer Wells sets the scene. Stunning photographs along with family recipes round out this compelling narrative about embarking on your own exploration to discover your homeland."

Next up is An Innocent Abroad from Lonely Planet Publications:

"Paperback edition. Stories of life-changing trips from 35 great writers including Dave Eggers, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Cahill, Mary Karr, Richard Ford, Fiona Kidman, Simon Winchester Sloane Crosley, Kerre McIvor, David Baldacci, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Ann Patchett, Jane Smiley, Alexander McCall Smith and Stanley Stewart. A misunderstanding in Morocco. A Cuban con. A family reunion in Italy. An epiphany in the Czech Republic. Some of the world’s best-loved writers share the travel experiences that made them the people they are today. Join them in their bittersweet tales of innocence lost."

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

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